SAMUEL M. TAYLOR, proprietor of the Tipton Mills, and for a long time identified with the business interests
of Tipton, was born in Wayne County, Ind., April 19, 1831. His father, Samuel Taylor, Sr., a resident of Wayne
County, a very successful farmer and a prominent minister of the Baptist Church, died August 3, 1833, in his fifty
third year. Our subject was reared in Wayne and Henry Counties, obtaining his education from the common schools
and County Seminary. At the age of sixteen years, he entered upon the profession of teaching, and followed it for
several years, teaching in the counties of Delaware, Parke, Kosciusko and Randolph, in this State, and for a time
in the State of Michigan. In 1852. he entered upon the duties of Deputy Clerk of Henry County, and while in that
position he took up the study of the law; was finally admitted to the bar, but never engaged in actual practice.
He afterward clerked for a time at Economy. In 1856, he removed to Kokomo, and discharged the duties of Deputy
Clerk of Howard County. After one year, he came to Tipton, and was in. stalled as Deputy Clerk of Tipton County.
In 1857, he removed to Windfall and engaged in the merchandise business until 1864. In 1863, he enlisted in Company
C, One Hundred and First Regiment Indiana Volunteers, and was assigned to the Fourteenth Army Corps, under Thomas;
he was in all the battles fought on Sherman's march to the sea, and through to Raleigh, N. C. He was discharged
from the service in August, 1865, and returned home. In 1866, he removed to Tipton and engaged in the grocery business
until 1870, when he purchased the Tipton Mills, and has ever since been in the milling business, at which he has
been very successful; he also buys grain, and is engaged in shipping it to the various grain markets of the country.
In 1874, he was elected by the Republicans of Hamilton and Tipton Counties as their Representative to the General
Assembly of the State, and served one term of two years. He was again, in 1876, elected, by the same party of the
same counties, as Senator to the General Assembly for one term of four years. He was married in Tipton, in 1866,
to Miss Rebecca Wiggins, who departed this life June 6, 1882. By her he has a family of four children, namely,
Florence M., Lora, Hattie and Augusta. Politically, Mr. Taylor is a Republican, and is also a member of the Methodist
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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